The Patriot, directed by Roland Emmerich Essay examples

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The Patriot is a movie based on the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the war fought between Great Britain and the thirteen colonies of the North American continent. In this war on American soil the colonists fought for independence from Europe and King George III’s criticized rule. The Patriot takes on this topic through the character Benjamin Martin, played by actor Mel Gibson, who is based on the Revolutionary War militia leader Francis “The Swamp Fox” Marion. The movie also features a few battles actually fought in the war and weapons used in the war. Although the movie displays actual events, people, and objects that occurred and existed during the war, there are historical points changed to satisfy the audience of the theater. …show more content…
The use of cannons and the carrying of flags in The Patriot were accurate but the functions shown in the movie weren’t. The battles shown in The Patriot were actual battles fought in the American Revolutionary War, but have a few historical inaccuracies as well. There is a scene when Benjamin Martin and his son watch the continental army retreat from their ranks as Tarleton charges them with cavalry. In reality the Battle of Camden was fought with two thirds of the continental army being made up militia. Therefore, instead of official continental soldiers fleeing it should have been militia. In the final battle of the movie, the militia alone kept the British soldiers from moving North. In the Battle of Cowpens the militia actually received help from Washington’s dragoons as Tarleton pursues fleeing militia. The militia alone didn’t have the strength to fend off Tarleton’s force of dragoons. The battles shown in the move were actual battles that were fought, but the detail was off. Finally, one big misconception in the movie was the characters that fought in the battles of the movie. In the movie the Continental Congress issued an order saying that if slaves serve twelve months in the army they would be granted freedom and five schillings per month they served in the continental army. The Congress actually never stated such an order; George Washington himself actually banned slaves from

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